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Opera to appear in Lander

Opera to appear in Lander

Oct 19, 2013 - From staff reports

A rather unique opera will be presented Saturday at the Lander Library: Dmitri Shostakovich's "The Nose."

The opera is based on a satirical tale by Nikolai Gogol of a Russian bureaucrat who wakes up one morning and finds that he is missing his nose. The nose then swells to human scale and takes on a life of its own, becoming a bureaucratic of higher rank than its owner.

When composed in the 1920s Shostakovich used the story just as Gogol had, to ridicule government bureaucracy (then in the form of the early Soviet state).

The opera showcases Shostakovich's highly original score and complements the music with an imaginative production by the South African artist William Kentridge.

This will be the second presentation in the 2013-14 season of the Metropolitan simulcast HDTV broadcasts. The opera begins at 11 a.m. Saturday in the second floor conference room of the Lander Library.

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